Why You Don’t Want Government in Whole-Plant Medicines

The UK this week acknowledged CBD’s use as a medicine, but the government is requiring people who sell extracts of cannabis containing CBD to stop – because now they must go through regulations placed by government to market and sell the CBD – which can cost millions of dollars in licensing and years of waiting for “clinical data”.  This will leave hundreds of thousands of people and patients without access to CBD for an unknown period of time.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency (MHRA) is the government arm behind the decision, which is likely financially motivated.  By requiring government intervention and licensing in the sale of CBD products, only large and ‘established’ pharmaceutical companies are able to comply – monopolizing the marketplace and forcing consumers to choose “big pharma” for their medicines.

From Vice:

“The fact of the matter is CBD is a medicine and the MHRA is absolutely correct about that. The other thing that you need to understand is that most CBD products do not just contain CBD; they are in fact whole plant extracts from low THC cannabis. The government says that there’s no medicinal value in cannabis [in the The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001], but now we have another branch of the government saying it’s a medicine.”

This hypocrisy is nothing new.  Governments largely want to take away individuals’ right to grow and consume whole-plant products that can have promising life-saving effects.  The “sick-care system” that feeds off of peoples’ disease suffers when consumers become healthy.  When consumers can choose inexpensive, easily-accessible medicines from whole-plants like cannabis – this represents a big problem for big government and big pharma.

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– Tisha Casida

My Attempt to Re-Mineralize My Teeth and Heal Cavities, Days 1-3

That's Natural Healing Cavities Naturally

A really bad trip to the dentist has made me want to walk the walk when it comes to holistic alternatives for dental care.  I have been warned that I have a cavity that is going to need a root canal (I really don’t want any more of these, and am pretty sad that I ever got one, not to mention having to get a tooth pulled because something went horribly wrong when I got a cavity re-filled).  I don’t want to have to do these things if at all possible.

I have done quite a bit of reading online, but have been familiar with Dr. Weston Price and the wonderful book “Nourishing Traditions” that was given to me by a very dear friend many years ago.  Having a “raw milk” share on and off for the past 7 years has also contributed to my awareness – but now it is time to get serious.

So, here is what I am trying, so far:

1. Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil every morning of the week.

2. Adding high-quality bone broths to my diet.

3. Adding fermented cod liver oil to my diet.

3. Eating less wheat.

4. Eating less nuts.

I am really just a couple days in, but let me tell you my observations so far:

A. Bone broth, although a broth, is quite filling and can be a nice “sipping” addition if you are an avid tea-drinker like myself.  It is easy to warm up and have here by the computer, and is doing your body justice in many different ways.  This week I tried the Kettle & Fire brand.

B. Fermented cod liver oil is really quite awful to taste.  I got the “chocolate” flavored one – and let me tell you – it is a good idea to have multiple chasing substances, because you just can’t take the fish out of fish oil.  But so far I am extremely happy with the quality and how quickly my order arrived (thank you Green Pasture!).

C. Oil pulling sounds difficult to do, but after a couple days, you can really get in the habit of it, and make it part of your morning routine.  Plus, since you are swishing away and not able to talk – it is a great excuse not to chat up your loved ones and instead meditate on your healing (you can chat them up later – my loved ones are happy to have me with my mouth shut for awhile).

Let’s see how this goes – more updates later this week!

A Serious Discussion About Vaccines

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– Richard Smith, from That’s Natural!

As the vaccine debate rages on, it is important for one to educate themselves on the issue. No matter what side one is on regarding vaccination, it is imperative to truly understand how vaccines work and the potential risks involved, and why there is an ongoing debate to begin with. For instance, the current measles outbreak has affected 171 people across 17 States since this year started. This year we saw a record number of cases with 644 people infected across 27 states (cdc.gov/measles). This is alarming for a couple reasons; one being that we were told in 2000 that measles was eliminated in the U.S.; second, a majority of the cases were individuals who were previously vaccinated for measles.

However, this scenario is not historically unique. In 1984, 21 cases of measles were reported in Sangamon County, Illinois, in which 100% of the people infected were adequately vaccinated. Another study in 1994 found that measles outbreaks still occurred in school populations despite having between 71-98.8% of those affected immunized(1). Yet another example took place in 2011, where 98 Canadians became infected with measles, with 50% of those having received two doses of the vaccine(5).  So the question must be asked, why are those who should be protected still becoming sick and infected? The answer lies within the measles vaccine itself, that’s why its important to understand exactly how it operates.

There are mainly two types of vaccines routinely used: live, attenuated vaccines; or inactivated vaccines. The live vaccines include the MMR, chickenpox and the typhoid vaccine. The inactivated vaccines include the flu shot, the polio vaccine and the pertussis vaccine. Both types of vaccines are intended to induce immunologic memory and protect from disease when exposed to the ‘wild’ version of the virus/bacteria. However, as we will discuss later, this is not always the case.

Measles is a viral infection that causes symptoms typical of most viral infections including fever, cough, runny nose, fatigue, and a skin rash that appears as small red dots with white centers(1). Symptoms generally leave in a week or two and like most viral infections, it is not deadly to those who are well nourished and not immunocompromised. The real danger is to infants, who are still developing an immune system and are unable to inherit natural immunity from a vaccinated mother (more to be discussed on this later).

Measles epidemics were common occurrences during the 1800’s in developing countries like the U.K. and the United States. The epidemics were often deadly, with some reports of 20% fatality rates among children(1).  However, as time went on, sanitation standards were vastly improved – like cleaner water and safer sewage removal – thus deterring  the spread of many infectious diseases(4). Nutrition greatly improved as well, and as more people became what we call the “middle class”, mass starvation was something only seen in the non-industrialized world. A downward trend in mortality from infectious diseases was already taking place many years before medicine like penicillin was widely used in 1944(1). By the 1960’s, with modern nutrition standards commonplace in the developed world, a sharp decline in measles cases were observed even before the vaccine was introduced(1).  So, in 1963, when the first vaccine was licensed, measles was already not the danger it once was. For instance, in 1960, the official number of fatalities due to measles was 380. With the population approaching 181 million at that time, the mortality rate was equal to about 0.24 per 100,000(1). So why then, did we need to create a vaccine? Well, if you are Merck and Co., there is money to be made!

The original vaccine was an inactivated virus, which was hugely unsuccessful for a number of reasons: one being the immunity seemed to wane quickly and secondly,  complications rising from pneumonia, encephalopathy, and a more severe form of measles called atypical measles(1). Shortly after, a live version of the vaccine was introduced and became more widely used between 1965 and 1967. The live vaccine contains an attenuated virus, meaning it undergoes changes to make it less virulent and ‘hopefully’ not disease-causing. However, the attenuation process is highly inconsistent and not totally error proof, so the virus may remain virulent to some degree and still cause disease(2).  Therefore, the vaccine can cause measles infection, also known as “modified measles,” which is likely to be the cause of the recent outbreaks. So it can be reasonably assumed that it is not the natural or wild version of measles causing the outbreaks, but rather the vaccine strain. Yet day after day we hear in the media how it is the children who weren’t vaccinated that are causing the outbreaks, but what evidence do they have to really prove this? The media neglects to ever mention or consider the vaccine strain as possibly the culprit of the outbreaks.

Furthermore, evidence shows that the vaccine strain of measles is not necessarily cleared totally from the body, thus it can cause disease and also be contagious(1). This vaccine that induced measles, or “modified measles”, was first discovered in the early 1960’s when the live vaccine was first being used, but it was always assumed that it would only be a subclinical manifestation without severe symptoms. Unfortunately, it has been repeatedly shown to cause disease (like in the outbreaks previously mentioned) and even the more virulent atypical measles(1).

However, “modified measles” isn’t the only problem associated with the vaccine. For instance, the vaccine strain has been found in urine and various blood cells and immune cells of patients with autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune hepatitis(2).  Thus, there is evidence that the vaccine strain can persist in the body for many years and cause disease rather than offer protection.

Yet, to me, the biggest issue is the loss of natural immunity that mass vaccination has created, particularly since the 1960’s. Natural immunity, unlike vaccine induced immunity, is generally ‘lifetime protection’. Vaccine immunity wanes over time, it may last up to 25 years, but some research predicts it may even be lost in as little as 10 years(1).  Therefore, vaccines may only postpone the onset of contracting a given disease that immunizations are intended for. Natural immunity comes after exposure to the wild virus or bacteria by means of natural occurrence and not artificial immunity(4). Antibodies from natural immunity are much more effective at clearing a pathogen from the body, and can be passed naturally from mother to child via the placenta and breast milk(2). Vaccine induced antibodies are not produced in the mammary gland, so they cannot be transferred via breast milk. Mucosal, or natural exposure to a virus via the mucous membranes, is needed to transfer immunity by breast-feeding. Vaccinated mothers also have less antibodies in the blood compared to naturally acquired immunity, hence the placenta is also an unreliable source to transfer any vaccinated immunity the mother may have(2). Consequently, infants are at a dire risk for contracting measles if born to a vaccinated mother because they are unable to acquire any immunity that would protect them. Thanks to vaccines, with mass vaccination beginning in the 60’s, most people were not allowed to contract measles at a safe age and therefore pass on natural protection to their offspring(2).  Infants are particularly susceptible to disease due to their under-developed immune systems and therefore it is not practical to give a newborn a live vaccine. We have created a generation that will be born without the protection they need from a virus that is still around thanks to the idea of artificial immunity.

Is the measles vaccine justified? Why was it created in the first place? How do we know how effective it actually is? More research needs to be done to really get a definitive answer, but we cannot look past how much money vaccines make for the industry, so undoubtedly profit is a big and driving force. As far as the effectiveness goes, we must remember that, for obvious ethical reasons, vaccines cannot be tested by way of randomized control trials like other medications. Their effectiveness is based on how well it makes the individual produce antibodies and statistical data collected after it’s unleashed upon the public(2).  Nonetheless, there is an ever increasing movement to make vaccination mandatory and subject to law, but we cannot forget the questions that vaccines continue to bring up and the rights we have as individuals.  The debate rages on.

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy

References:

1. Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History. Humphries, Suzanne and Bystrianyk, Roman, 2013 

2. Vaccine Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises our Natural Immunity and What we can do to Regain our Health. Obukhanych, Tetyana, 2011

3. Vaccine Epidemic. Habakus, Louise Kuo, et al. Skyhorse Publishing, 2012

4.  Anyone Who tells You Vaccines are Safe and Effective is Lying. Here’s the Proof. Coleman, Vernon. European Medical Journal, 2011

5. Poland, Gregory A., and Robert M. Jacobson. “The Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries: Time to Develop the Next-Generation Measles Vaccines?” Vaccine 30.2 (2012): 103–104. PMC. Web.

Nullification, Legalization, Cannabidiol, Oh My!

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Colorado nullified federal law in 2012 with the passing of Amendment 64.  More people voted to legalize marijuana in Colorado, than voted for Barack Obama.  That’s right – more people came out to vote for the legalization of a plant than the sitting President.

By Colorado celebrating its sovereignty as a State, and letting its citizens to decide for themselves what to use as medicine, we have led the way in effectively using and regulating cannabis – which includes not just marijuana, but also hemp!

Hemp products are and have been legal to buy and sell in all 50 States, however, growing hemp as a plant is only legal in 19 – Colorado being one of those.  Slowly but surely, more States will follow in adopting sound agricultural and social policies to allow their citizens to grow, buy, sell, and use all types of cannabis products – it is good for business, and it is GREAT for Food and Medicine Freedom.

You can be a part of this movement with That’s Natural!  We have a list of extensive, independent research on hemp and cannabidiol, or CBD.  And we are offering the most premium CBD Hemp Oil, that has Colorado-grown hemp, is independently verified, and is processed using a supercritical CO2 extraction process – we never use dangerous solvents.  If you love it, you can even be a part of our dedicated sales and distribution team – reaching customers all across the country.

We are celebrating our sovereignty – as individuals who can make choices for ourselves what we eat, drink, and use as medicine.  Come be a part of the medicine freedom revolution at www.cbdoil.life!

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The Wonderful World of Dirt – Antibiotic Find

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Sometimes the most amazing things in the world are the ones that get stepped on the most.

I have a growing love affair with soil, as it is the basis and foundation for all plant life – and therefore all life on earth.  An experimental ‘drug’  called teixobactin – isolated from a sample of dirt from New England – is initially showing to act successfully as an antibiotic.  Teixobactin has also proven beneficial in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including streptococcus and MRSA.

We should all be aware of the growing numbers of bacteria that are resistant to treatment from antibiotics.  Some of this may come from the growing amount of antibiotics automatically in our food supply from animals being treated with antibiotics.  The more meat and dairy that we consume, the more potential we have of ingesting what these animals have consumed.  The more antibiotics we take – the more “good” bacteria we kill inside our own systems.  And the more bad bacteria get to know these antibiotics, the stronger they become – becoming antibiotic-resistant.

This discovery of an effective antibiotic right in the “common” dirt of somewhere like someone’s back yard is exciting – and telling.  The “development” of the human being has had people putting their hands in the dirt to live and survive.  I am guessing that at this point in history, in our country, we have the most people who never even have their skin to the ground, touching the earth, and feeling the soil.  Can you imagine having a baby born in a metropolis, living in an apartment, and with limited access to public land and trails?  That child may not have the opportunity to play in the dirt for months, or years.  How does this affect their development?

Dirt is powerful.  It is a living, breathing being that creates our medicines and grows our food.  Honoring this, and becoming closer to the dirt (by making it a point to put your hands and feet in it once awhile) may just be the most therapeutic and beneficial things that we can do.

The USDA Should NOT Have Submachine Guns

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Why on earth would an agency charged to “regulate” agriculture need machine guns?  Or any guns for that matter?   Isn’t there something horribly wrong with this picture?  Can you imagine farmers and ranchers doing anything on their property that would require this particular government agency to have these high-powered weapons?

Unless a farmer or rancher is physically harming someone else – physically beating or using force against another person for any reason other than self-defense – there is absolutely NO REASON that weapons should ever be used by any government agency against its own citizens. And there are already law enforcement agencies charged to take care of such a situation – like the County Sheriff.

We have people screaming about gun laws for the safety of citizens – what about the applicability of these gun laws that already exist for our own government officials?  Shouldn’t they have to follow the same laws?  Isn’t the government made up of individuals just like you and me?  What makes somebody who works for the government any better, smarter, or capable of managing a weapon used for mass killing?

I hope you take a moment to sign this petition at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund – and stay involved in this debate.  There is absolutely no reason that ANY government agency or official should have these weapons that could be used against our own citizens.  It is frightening – and we can stop it.

In Peace,

Tisha

Declaring Food Sovereignty

Tisha T. Casida

All politics is local – but when it comes to food – politics should not be part of the equation.  Unfortunately, our web of food choice and infrastructure has created a place for politics and food, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t opt out of the insanity to be able to consume what we want to in order to achieve optimum health.

In getting to work with small farmers, ranchers, and producers – it is easy for me to understand the importance of getting Uncle Sam out of the farm, the kitchen, and our personal choices about what we consume.  And it is possible –just look at this example from Sedgwick, Maine – where citizens declared their food sovereignty.

The proposed ordinance recognized the Constitution of the United States of America and the Maine Constitution.

Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.”  This would include raw milk, locally-slaughtered meat, and other locally-produced items that are often produced in such a small scale that it would be literally impossible for small producers to comply with federal regulations.

“It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.”  This is the beauty of what these citizens are doing – they are re-enforcing their natural, individual rights to be able to consume what they wish for their health and existence.

The best part about this is that citizens and businesses can decide for themselves the amount of regulation/interference they want – in effect cutting out the attorneys and bureaucrats that make it nearly impossible to buy and sell food on a local level.  “Patrons purchasing food for home consumption may enter into private agreements with those producers or processors of local foods to waive any liability for the consumption of that food. Producers or processors of local foods shall be exempt from licensure and inspection requirements for that food as long as those agreements are in effect.”

Here is the example of the Food Ordinance, which could be tailored for any town and/or County. It is our hope here, at That’s Natural!, that we can foster Food Freedom in counties across Colorado and the country by enforcing local ordinances that declare our food sovereignty at a local level – where it is easiest for us to be transparent and accountable to each one another in our communities.

Refuse To Be Motivated By Fear of Climate Change

Climates change – they just do.  There is NO DOUBT that we are polluting our planet in bad ways, but that does not necessarily equal that we are solely responsible for what we are seeing with the climate changing.  It also does not mean that an international government agency can dictate to us, as Americans, what we can do with our property.

Be warned – fear of climate change and extreme weather – WILL BE USED TO TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS.  That is what this is about.  If we really want to make a difference and a positive change in our environment – we will act as individuals, making decisions with how we make purchases and what we consume – BY CHOICE.  Laws will only take away more of our freedom and more of our property.  In America, we ALREADY have some of the strictest environmental laws in the WORLD.

There has been warming and cooling of the planet for arguably MILLIONS of years – how long have you and I been around to know how that has happened and how it will continue?  How do scientists know that we are the sole cause?  What about volcanoes?  What about the hundreds (thousands?) of nuclear detonations?   If you want to be concerned about something affecting us immediately that we ARE causing, I would point the finger right back to the government, which has pumped amazing amounts of radiation into our water and air with nuclear warheads.

Yes, the climate is changing, and has changed for millions of years.  That is science.  For us to be scared about the climate changing is only useful to scare people into behaving differently.  Fear – what can the government or the United Nations tell YOU to do differently? They can tell you to stop using your car, they can tell you to stop using your property – they can tell you that it is illegal to exercise your natural rights.

I believe in climate change, and I believe that the climate has changed for a long, long time.  I do NOT believe in the federal government or the United Nations having any power or use of law to change my behaviors as a human being.  I, as a free being, will work with others in my community and my State to figure out better ways to affect our environment.  That is powerful, and just.  It is un-just to use fear of our own planet’s behaviors to enact laws that will have detrimental effects on our economy and our quality of life.  Refuse to be motivated by fear – REFUSE TO BE MOTIVATED BY FEAR!

– Tisha T. Casida (P.S. If the government is so concerned with climate change – why don’t they disclose what they are doing with HAARP?!  Heating up the atmosphere through billions of watts of energy targeted at key places in the sky may be a problem!)

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